|Prika: Troy Home Cat|
We walked along a park built on an old train line above the streets in Chelsea, ate BBQ and admired Easter hats. Early the next morning we were on our way to Korea.
During the 15 hour flight the sun never set. I looked out at one point and saw ice covering much of the ocean. Cool! I watched 4 movies too!
|Early Spring in Korea|
After a snafu with the subway, we took the bus to the Royal Palace Museum. When we arrived, a tour in English was just starting, so we jumped in. The tour guides here don’t mess around. They go fast and start without everyone. We saw lots of beautiful, colorful buildings for the king and queen, their doctors and servants. There were places for scholars to take their final exams before the king, and libraries that had special roof extensions to keep the sun from ruining the books. One enormous building held the throne.
|Hallway between men and women's quarters|
We finished where a 400-year-old juniper grew, and functioned to ward off corruption. I wish that’s all it would take….
|antique homes with modern city behind|
Then we went to the ancient house neighborhood and saw places that were made like the traditional houses way back when. There was a super view from the hill where we could modern structures as we looked through these colorful traditional homes.
|REALLY nice tea!|
Then we went to a teahouse. I’ve never had tea like this! It was so flavorful: spicy, sweet, sour all together. We were very tired still from jet lag, so resting in this beautiful teahouse brought us the energy we needed for the rest of the night.
|art named "Dancers"|
March 13—The big part of the day was going to the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. The gallery we chose to visit was the contemporary art section, and it was full of Korean modern artists, famous contemporary artists from around the world and a special exhibition by Do Ho Suh who focused on the concept of “home.”
|Les behind a door|
His work was sensational! The largest pieces were replicas of actual homes from Korea and New York City (toilets, screws, handles, cupboards, hinges, light switches, slide door locks, etc.) in sheer fabric.
|Korean Home in the air|
Sewn into parts were designs of dragons into elaborate doorways; or for the US homes, brand names on items like the sink or hardware.
|Korean home crashes into NYC home|
|Detail in Miniature|
The other large item was a detailed miniature house (about 10 feet tall by 25 feet long) that was split down the middle. Even the items on the kitchen counter were split in half in the middle room. On the backside of the home a traditional Korean home appeared to have parachuted from the sky and crashed into the American style home. It was hard to fathom the time that went into all the detail of this piece.
|Sculpture in metal|
His documentary movie showed that he sculpted in metal, created installations of a life-sized Korean home crashing into apartments in London, a simple home teetering on the top corner of a university architecture building, and shiny gold and silver people strung like a fishing net and hung by the ocean, and made 2-dimensional work using colored thread on paper. On our exit from the museum, we visited the giant spiders.
The last night of our wonderful trip to Korea, we spent in a restaurant where one woman cooked like good ol’ mom. We watched her work her magic as she brought us tidbits and a big plate of delicious food. It was so nice to have Jeong-Rae to introduce us to the “real” Korea. We are very grateful for this gift to us.
On the way I looked at the newspaper, and there with the zodiac I know was the Chinese zodiac. Les and I are both the year of the dog. Korea has been a place where people are intensely considerate.
|Mother and daughter potties at the Seoul Airport|
Even the airport bathrooms have a place for a parent and child to go to the toilet together. I love how the language is written phonetically in a box for each syllable. It seems logical, clear and organized, like the city and the subway and the happy people. This is a place to where I would like to return!